Education in Galveston, Texas: Wikis


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As one of the oldest and more historically significant cities in Texas, Galveston has had a long history of advancements and offerings in education, including: the first parochial school (Ursuline Academy) (1847), the first medical college (now the University of Texas Medical Branch) (1891), and the first school for nurses (1890).


Healthcare and research

"Old Red", the original UTMB Galveston building.

Established in 1891 with one building and fewer than 50 students, today the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) campus has grown to more than 70 buildings and an enrollment of more than 2,500 students. The 84-acre (340,000 m2) campus includes schools of medicine, nursing, allied health professions, and a graduate school of biomedical sciences, as well as three institutes for advanced studies & medical humanities, a major medical library, seven hospitals, a network of clinics that provide a full range of primary and specialized medical care, and numerous research facilities.

In addition, the UTMB campus includes an affiliated Shriners Burns Institute. In 2003 UTMB received funding from the National Institutes of Health to construct a $150 million National Biocontainment Laboratory on its campus, one of only two in the United States and the only one on a university campus. It houses several Biosafety Level 4 research laboratories, where studies on highly infectious materials can be carried out safely.[1]

Higher education

Galveston College

Galveston is home to two post-secondary institutions offering traditional degrees in higher education. Galveston College, a junior college that opened in 1967, serves an ethnically diverse population of approximately 2,400 students each semester in credit programs and nearly 8,000 individuals annually in continuing education and workforce development programs.

Texas A&M University at Galveston is an ocean-oriented branch campus of Texas A&M University offering undergraduate degrees in marine biology, marine fisheries, marine engineering technology, marine sciences, marine transportation, maritime administration, maritime studies, maritime systems engineering, oceans and coastal resources, and university studies such as marine environmental law and policy). In addition, the graduate programs inlude: a masters of marine resources management and a masters or Ph.D. (thesis and non-thesis) in marine biology.

Primary and secondary education


Public schools

Galveston Independent School District Administration Building

The city of Galveston is served by Galveston Independent School District. Six district public elementary schools, including Burnet, L. A. Morgan, Greta Oppe, Gladneio Parker, Henry Rosenberg, and Charles B. Scott, serve grades pre-Kindergarten through 4. All Galveston Island residents are assigned to Weis Middle School for grades 5 through 6, Central Middle School for grades 7 through 8, and Ball High School for grades 9 through 12. One magnet middle school, Austin Middle School, has grades 5 through 8.

Prior to 1968, Galveston operated Ball High School for White students and Central High School for Black students. Central School, the first Texas public school for African-Americans, opened in 1885 and became a high school in 1886. In 1968 the two high schools consolidated and the Central campus became a junior high school.[2] Travis Elementary School, which opened in 1948, closed in the 1970s.[3][4] Crockett Elementary School closed by 1978.[5] The tax base of the Galveston ISD grew by 13% in 2005 while Galveston ISD lost many district-zoned non-Hurricane Katrina evacuee students.[6] San Jacinto Elementary School closed in 2006.[7] Alamo Elementary School, which opened in 1935 and received renovations in 1980 and 1986, closed in 2007.[7][8] Prior to fall 2008, Galveston ISD had a different school configuration: Elementary schools served pre-Kindergarten through grade 5 and Austin, Weis, and Central middle schools served grades 6 through 8.[9]

Charter schools

Galveston has several state-funded charter schools not affiliated with local school districts, including Kindergarten through 5th Grade Ambassadors Preparatory Academy[10] and Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade Odyssey Academy.[11] In addition KIPP: the Knowledge Is Power Program plans to open KIPP Coastal Village in Galveston.[12]

Private and parochial schools

Several private schools exist in Galveston. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston operates two Roman Catholic private schools, including Galveston Catholic School (K through 8th)[13] and O'Connell College Preparatory School (9-12). O'Connell Consolidated High School opened in 1968 as a consolidation of Kirwin, Dominican and Ursuline, three Galveston Catholic high schools.[14] Galveston Catholic School opened in 1986 as a consolidation of Dominican School, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Saint Patrick's School, and O’Connell Junior High School.[15] Saint Patrick's opened in 1881 and received its final campus in 1926. Some parents protested plans to consolidate the schools before the consolidation became final.[16 ] O'Connell was renamed to O'Connell College Preparatory School in 2007.[14] Satori Elementary School, a non-religious Kindergarten through Grade 6 school, is on the island.[17] Trinity Episcopal School, a PreK-8 Episcopal Church school, is on the island.[18] Two Kindergarten through 12th grade schools, Seaside Christian Academy (affiliated with Seaside Baptist Church in Jamaica Beach) and Heritage Christian Academy, are in Galveston.[19]

Public libraries

The city is served by the Rosenberg Library.[20] The library serves as headquarters of the Galveston County Library System, which opened in 1941. The Rosenberg Library's librarian also functions as the Galveston County Librarian.[21]

See also


  1. ^ Galveston National Laboratory
  2. ^ Jones, Leigh. "Alumni recall Central High’s final year." Galveston County Daily News. August 11, 2008.
  3. ^ Galveston Daily News. Tuesday March 9, 1976.
  4. ^ Cherry, Bill. "1949: Central High's facilities were poor." Galveston County Daily News. November 29, 2004.
  5. ^ Stanton, Carey. "After 42 years, school’s out for teacher." Galveston County Daily News. June 16, 2002.
  6. ^ Schladen, Marty. "Forces drive people off island." Galveston County Daily News. July 23, 2006.
  7. ^ a b Meyers, Rhiannon. "District swaps one empty school for another." Galveston County Daily News. May 9, 2008.
  8. ^ Meyers, Rhiannon. "Some parents beg that Alamo be reopened." Galveston County Daily News. December 9, 2007.
  9. ^ Meyers, Rhiannon. "Changes awaiting students this year." Galveston County Daily News. August 24, 2008.
  10. ^ Home Page. Ambassador Preparatory Academy. Accessed October 27, 2008.
  11. ^ Home Page. Odyssey Academy. Accessed October 27, 2008.
  12. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer. "New KIPP campuses have younger focus." Houston Chronicle. March 30, 2009. Retrieved on March 31, 2009.
  13. ^ Home Page. Galveston Catholic School. Accessed October 27, 2008.
  14. ^ a b Taylor, Heber. "O'Connell seeks to redefine itself." Galveston County Daily News. September 23, 2007.
  15. ^ Meyers, Rhiannon. "Principal says it’s ‘best job I’ve ever had’." Galveston County Daily News. August 30, 2007.
  16. ^ Moran, Kevin and Allan Turner. "Merging of schools protested." Houston Chronicle. March 16, 1986. Section 3, Page 8.
  17. ^ Home Page. Satori School. Accessed October 27, 2008.
  18. ^ Home Page." Trinity Episcopal School. Accessed October 27, 2008.
  19. ^ "Welcome New VizaWeb Client". Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  20. ^ "Rosenberg Library". Retrieved 2008-10-28.  
  21. ^ "Fall 2007 Galveston County Library System Newsletter." Rosenberg Library. Retrieved on November 16, 2008.


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